Ford India’s move in trying to replicate the success of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire in the subcompact sedan segment was through the Figo Aspire. Launched last year ahead of its hatchback sibling saddling on its second generation, it carried so much expectations as the fierce space it competes in has loads of potential to raise to the top or in the worst case fall miserably at the bottom.
It came with segment first six airbags and dual-clutch gearbox mated to a very powerful engine in particular. Here’s all the must-know aspects of the Ford Figo Aspire sedan:
Ford Figo Aspire Price
The Ford Figo comes available in Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium+ variants.
- The base Ambiente 1.2 Ti-VCT is priced currently at Rs. 5.21 lakh;
- Trend 1.2 Ti-VCT at Rs. 5.94 lakh
- Ambiente 1.5 TDCi at Rs. 6.31 lakh
- Titanium 1.2 Ti-VCT at Rs. 6.83 lakh
- Trend 1.5 TDCi at Rs. 7.04 lakh
- Titanium Plus 1.2 Ti-VCT at Rs. 7.38 lakh
- Titanium1.5 TDCi at Rs. 7.93 lakh
- Titanium 1.5 Ti-VCT AT at Rs. 8.13 lakh
- Titanium Plus 1.5 TDCi at Rs. 8.48 lakh (all ex-showroom prices, Delhi).
Ford Figo Aspire Engine, Performance and Mileage
The Figo Figo Aspire is available with three engine and two transmission options. The base 1.2-litre Ti-VCT petrol motor (1,196 cc displacement) delivers 88 PS at 6,300 rpm and 112 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. It is coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox as standard and returns a fuel efficiency of 18.16 kmpl.
The diesel mill is the notorious 1.5-litre TDCI Duratorq engine (1,498 cc displacement) that made its debuted on the Fiesta and does duty in the EcoSport. Its output has been tuned to produce 100 PS at 3,750 rpm and 215 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. This engine is linked with a five-speed manual transmission and delivers an ARAI-certified mileage of 25.83 kmpl.
The top-grade versions of the Figo Aspire receive the 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine (1,499 cc displacement) that can be found under the hood of the EcoSport. It comes only with the first-in-class six-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission (PowerShift) and generates a maximum power output 112 PS at 6,300 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,250 rpm. It delivers 17 kmpl claimed fuel economy.
Ford Figo Aspire Dimensions
The Ford Figo Aspire measures 3,995 mm in length, 1,695 mm in width, 1,525 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,491 mm. The ground clearance stands at 174 mm whilst the bootspace and fuel tank capacity are 359 litres and 42 litres respectively with turning radius at 4.9 m. The Figo Aspire was the first model to be produced at the company’s second manufacturing facility in Sanand, Gujarat.
Ford Figo Aspire Colours
The Ford Figo Aspire is being offered in seven colour schemes namely Rubby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey.
Ford Figo Aspire Exterior
The subcompact sedan stands in line with the One Ford philosophy that has been followed worldwide and is a conventional version of the Ford Ka+ that was launched in Brazil in 2014 and showcased at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Its designed has heavily been influenced by the Figo hatchback as both models have identical appearance except for their body styles. It has a front fascia dominated by the now-common hexagonal grille that will look similar to the design of Aston Martin models.
The four horizontal chrome slats liven up its premium appeal and the head lamps are swept back to project the nose further forwards. The newly designed body-coloured bumper, air dams and round-shaped fog lamps with new enclosures enhance the overall appearance. The roofline is tapered and the strong shoulder line on the side profile makes it a well-proportioned sedan and let alone the neatly styled 14-inch alloy wheels.
The rear looks rather subdued with the horizontally stacked large tail lights that are wrapped around and a stubby boot to measure below four metres for tax exemption. The entire aesthetic package ensures premium stance and has proven to be the one of the best in the segment.
Ford Figo Aspire Interior and Features
The interior of the Ford Figo Aspire gets a dual-tone beige and black colour scheme unlike the mono-tone in the hatchback sibling. The dashboard is adorned with all-black treatment on its top and the rest of the sedan gets beige treatment.
The top-end version has segment-first leather seat covers and the features list comprises of the music system from EcoSport with voice command and Sync App.
The driver and co-passenger airbags are standard across all variants and the top-end gets segment first six airbags. The instrument cluster has a neatly laid out three-pod design with analogue gauges and small multi-info display to avail necessary details.
The following features can be found in the Ambiente trims: black-coloured ORVMs, body-coloured front & rear bumpers, chrome head-lamp bezel, charcoal black + light oak dual tone interior, fabric seat upholstery, adjustable front & rear headrests, front12V power point, guide me home headlamps, manual AC, tilt steering, engine immobliser, keyless entry, driver & front passenger airbags, front power windows and driver side power window with one touch up & display.
In addition to the features offered on Ambiente, the Trend trims will get turn indicators integrated in the power adjustable ORVMs, rear power windows, front fog lamps, body-coloured door handles, body-coloured outside rear-view mirrors, chrome front-grille surround, steering wheel mounted audio & phone controls, rear seat centre armrest, boot lamp, MyFord mobile dock station, radio + Aux-in + USB, four speakers, Bluetooth and tachometer.
In addition to the features offered on Trend, Ford Figo Aspire Titanium range will have rear defogger, automatic AC, electrically-foldable ORVMs, perimeter alarm, height adjustable front seat-belts, driver seat belt reminder, Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic brakeforce distribution system (EBD) alongside Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Traction Control System (TCS) and Hill Launch Assist (HLA) only with the petrol automatic variant.
Besides the features on Titanium, the Titanium + grade will comprise of 4.2-inch multi-function display screen, Ford MyKey, Emergency Assistance and Ford SYNC with voice control and AppLink.
Ford Figo Aspire Key Rivals
The Ford Figo Aspire locks horns against the segment-leading Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Honda Amaze, the upcoming Volkswagen Ameo and Tata Kite 5 and Hyundai Xcent.